ROBESONIA, Pa. — The Tillage Radish, a cover crop used by farmers as a foundation for cover cropping programs aimed at reducing soil compaction and improving soil health, has won No-Till Product of the Year at the National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
The product is produced by Cover Crop Solutions of Robesonia.
Developed by University of Maryland professor Ray Weil, with assistance and farm-scale research studies by Steve Groff at his Cedar Meadow Farm near Holtwood, Pa., Tillage Radish was voted ahead of products from such companies as Dow, Bayer Crop Science, John Deere, BASF and Syngenta.
“Because of our no-till practices and consistent use of cover crops, our soil is bursting with life,” Groff said. “Soil erosion is basically eliminated, which pleases the folks at the Chesapeake Bay watershed authority because it eliminates our farm as a point source for runoff and nutrient loading into the bay.”
Over the years, Groff has turned his vegetable farm into a cover crop research farm.
“The success of the Tillage Radish has allowed us to do that, and our research is aimed at creating and sharing the data that farmers can use to join the soil health movement,” he said. “It’s a very big deal and represents a major shift in American and Canadian agriculture.”